Preparing for the return
Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
109Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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WEll we've spent today organising our exit from Vladivostok and preparing car for shipment.Again no doubt Roger will provide the details.I guess now that our foot has literally come off the gas we are showing signs of wear and tear but there is still work to be done.
So today a word about Stanley.
I've always had an inclination toward the ordinary in motor cars,bikes etc.Its either a retreat from having a more exotic device and being compared to others of a similar type and value.I like to think its an attempt to preserve the common place.There are probably more vintage Bugattis now than were ever made originally and other cars and bikes of similar reputation survive in great numbers.But the common cars are regarded as being so numerous in numbers that they are bound to survive.Not so.
But its structure certainly fits the bill for this type of work.Its by no means a sports vehicle but I think I've got enough power out of its 3.5 litre engine and four speed gearbox (originally 3) to deal with a bit of ooommff when required.The car has taken an enormous pounding these lat 7+ weeks and I reckon the front suspension is completely shot (see UB report).The body is shaken and showing extreme signs of distress but the engine,whilst needing a good service,sounds as strong as ever and I'm hopeful that the transmission has stood up.It has been a brilliant car and I pay tribute again to all those who have contributed to its ability to perform the task.I mentioned those people when I first contributed to the blogs.I pray I did not leave anybody out.To these I must add the wonderful folk in Baku,each of whom I will email when I get sorted back home.
So we reckon we have a couple of days more here in Vlad before we fly home.
Eddie Stobart,Elizabeth Taylor and Osama Bin Laden have left us,Japan has suffered an awful disaster and Prince William has got married.If only Lord Lucan would show up...
Well, having spent the last 8 weks travelling (mainly ) every day, w eare now holed up in Vlad and sorting ot the paperwork. Remeber, the jobs not done til the paperwork is finished. Went to the shipping agent and she went through all the things that had to be done, the costs that had to be paid. That took most of the morning. Spet some time sorting the car out, and then after lunch we went to the bank to draw some money. Of course, we cannot draw more than 10000 roubles a day from an ATM, so we had to go to a bank proper to get moeny over the counter. Eventually managed to find a bank that dealt with customers, albeit that it took us about an hour to get to see the person we needed to see, and then got charegd 4% for the priviledge. However, armed with the fees, we went back to the shippers and paid the money over. We havbe to meet them tomorrow early to get the car down to the docks and loaded into a container. Apparently then the papers get passed to Customs who pass it for shipment. We'll believe that when we see it. How can you put it in the container and seal it up before customs have passed it? However that will all be sorted tomorrow.
If things go well, then we will fly home on Saturday
And there it is. Car already packed away (the inside that is) and ready for a sea journey. We arent packed yet but there isnt much point at the moment.
The hotel matrketing guys came out while we were working on sorting the car and asked if we could allow them to take some photos. So we are going to be in the hotels publicity!!!
Mileage - in the car virtually nothing. Just turning it round for the photos. But walking, thats another question!